A Few Mushrooms Today

Shaggy stalked bolete (Austroboletus betula).  Cap color can be yellow or orange.  This distinctive stalk makes it easy to identify.

Shaggy stalked bolete (Austroboletus betula). Cap color can be yellow or orange, sometimes bright, sometimes with brown tones. This distinctive stalk makes it easy to identify.

At last!  We found mushrooms today.  Unfortunately, all of them except the shaggy stalk bolete and the orange amanitas were in various stages of decomposition.

Much of the shaggy stalked bolete's long stalk was buried in leaf litter.

Much of the shaggy stalked bolete’s long stalk was buried in leaf litter.

The shaggy stalk bolete is edible, but not great.  We left it to spread its spores and hopefully produce more.

The smooth orange mushrooms (with the white sac-like volvas) MIGHT be American Caesar mushrooms (aka Amanita jacksonii) which are said to be edible and delicious.  However, I’m not willing to bet my life against a horribly painful, long drawn out death to risk eating anything in the amanita family, especially when I am not absolutely certain of my ID.  According to the literature, A jacksonii is supposed to have yellow gills.  These look too white to me.

Orange amanita.  I pulled the leaf litter away to expose the enlarged bulb (ova) at the base.

Orange amanita. I pulled the leaf litter away to expose the enlarged bulb (ova) at the base.

We also saw a group of 2 does and 4 twin fawns. And we found a wild persimmon tree whose unripe ruit has a long way to go before becoming sweet and delicious. The campground is rapidly filling up for the weekend.  But today was relaxed and pleasant.  We met some lovely people, and Sheba made friends young and old.  🙂

This is big brother to the small amanita pictured above. You can see where the partial veil is separating to form a ring around the stalk.

This is big brother to the small amanita pictured above. You can see where the partial veil is separating to form a ring around the stalk.

Here are 5 deer.  I couldn't get the 6th one in the photo.

Here are 5 deer. I couldn’t get the 6th one in the photo.

Wild persimmons

Wild persimmons

Pink, fuzzy baby leaves

Pink, fuzzy baby leaves

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  1. I really like the fuzzy leaves. The colors of the mushrooms are so vibrant.


    • I used to think mushrooms were slimy, gross things until I got interested in them. Some of them are incredibly beautiful. Some look like colorful coral. Some look like lion’s manes or beards. I still think a few are gross, but they really are fascinating.

      I loved those sweet little fuzzy baby leaves, too!

      I got the camera info you sent and owe you an email. Will get to it before bed tonight.

      THANK YOU!!!!


  2. Pretty pix! New camera? 🙂


  3. Great looking mushrooms. But since I am not expert I’ll buy mine at the produce section 🙂

    Pictures are great.


  4. Cool mushroom pics! I’m a little nervous about eating certain mushrooms, too. I found a large one this spring, sliced it up and ate it. I got a little buzz off of it – kind of like seeing a bunch of tie dye colors and feeling revved up. It was pleasant but just as easily been deadly! Unless it’s a morel, I’m going to defer to the produce aisle at the store. 🙂

    As always, thanks for sharing such awesome pictures!


    • Good to hear from you. 🙂

      I also am pretty much a chicken about eating wild mushrooms unless I am absolutely certain that they are safe. And even some of the “safe” ones can cause serious effects in some people.

      For instance, most people relish and enjoy maitake. However, they can cause very painful stomach bleeding in some people. I’m one of those people.

      Even the choice, safe oyster mushroom is off limits for me. My body has zero tolerance for statins and oyster mushrooms are loaded with them.

      Even morels can make some people very sick. I have read that they should always be dried and then rehydrated before cooking. I have yet to find one in the wild.

      The produce section is generally a safe place to hunt for mushrooms. 🙂


  5. Horst

     /  August 2, 2014

    As you said, mushrooms are fascinating…..I do enjoy learning about them, though this part of the country doesn’t have them….I tried to find some on the trip home with the Gkids, but no luck….Great photo’s…seems you are getting the hang of the new camera….what is the make???…CG looks like another great find!!!…safe travels…Horst sends


    • Horst, finding mushrooms is like hunting Easter eggs. And they are either there or they are not. If conditions are perfect, you can find them everywhere, but if it’s too wet, too dry, too hot, too much wind… whatever, they simply will not be there no matter how hard you search.

      The new camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ70. It’s a bridge camera between point and shoot and learning to choose your own settings.


  6. Ruth Ann

     /  August 2, 2014

    I love the deer!


  7. I have had so much fun catching up with you. I discovered that the “alerts” that I was getting on your post (to my email) was going to my spam folder. Ooops!
    I think you will really enjoy your new camera. I can definitely see you loving the macro zoom. It is always fun to learn new things and what you can do with something such as your camera.
    So glad to see you out camping. We just got home from a week away visiting friends and family. I have to be back on Mondays for my INR blood test (for now) so we couldn’t stay as long as we would have liked. We did discover a beautiful state park right here in Georgia. James “sloppy” Floyd. You would love it. Small but very clean with sites pretty spread out and clean as a whistle. A nice lake and several hiking trails. If you ever get a chance it would be a good one to put on your list of places to visit.
    You know so much about mushrooms 🙂 I am afraid I don’t know enough to eat or not eat so I will lean toward not eating. I do love to look at them and take pics of them.


    • Jerry, I read where another blogger’s alerts were going into the spam folder, too. Don’t know what the problem is. Hope it’s solved soon.

      I followed your blog report on Floyd State Park. We were there once many years ago when we were hammock campers and camped in the primitive section. Look forward to going up there and enjoying the RV section soon. Maybe in September.

      I think I love macro because I am naturally very near-siighted! 😀


  8. Looks like you are really getting the hang of your new camera. I always enjoy it when you go mushrooming. Thanks for the lesson.


    • Still very much in the experimenting stage with the camera, but at least I am grasping a little of how it works. Such a fun new project!

      Glad you liked the mushrooms. I would have loved to find tons more, but at least I didn’t get skunked this time!


  9. David Kemp

     /  August 8, 2014

    Sharon. We have been at Blackrock all week. Here is my post http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/topic/23663-rainy-day-in-georgia/

    If you make the trip I suggest spot number 47 in the back loop. Make sure your transmission cooler is working prior to heading up the mountain. The Foxfire museum was excellent. In Clayton a couple of good restaurants are The Universal Joint, and Beans and Grapes. Groceries at Ingles.


    • David, what a great report. I just love those rainy lay-in days now and then. Good for reading, crosswords and napping!

      Glad the new layout is working so well for you. It does take advantage of all the available floor space!

      I think, when we go there, that I will make sure we take only essentials so it won’t be so much weight to haul up the mountain. Thanks for the info and tips!


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